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The Valley Line: Las Candelas installs new officers

June 11, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Monica Sierra presents Jeannie Flint with the gavel as she takes over the role of president for Las Candelas. Sierra served as president of the organization for two consecutive years.
Monica Sierra presents Jeannie Flint with the gavel as… (Courtesy of Las…)

The "tween" social season (between spring and summer) has been so busy it would make most people's heads spin. It certainly has my brain buzzing.

Where do I begin? I'll just jump in with talking about Las Candelas, an amazing organization that raised $90,000 for emotionally disturbed children under the direction of Monica Sierra, who was president for the past two years.

The group volunteered nearly 400 hours to organizations Hathaway-Sycamores, Hillsides, Glendale Healthy Kids, Glendale YWCA and the Didi Hirsch Center.

The women of Las Candelas recently gathered to install the organization's new officers. Jeannie Flint is the new president; her board includes Ellyn Semler, J.C. Byer, Ginny Simpson, Patti Baker, Carolyn Beaton, Jeri Benton, Margaret Steenken, Anna Brewer, Cathy Keen, Ann Jones, Monica Sierra, Karen Whyte and Joan Anderson.

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Nobody was lucky enough to make a hole-in-one at the Hathaway-Sycamores "Shot-at-a-Million" golf classic held in late May at the Angeles National Golf Club in Sunland. But it was a successful day that raised $100,000 for the organization that is one of Los Angeles County's largest, private nonprofit children's mental-health and welfare agencies.

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More than 200 people took part in this year's event, including golfers who raised money by teeing off at 7 a.m. for the "Longest Day of Golf" or taking part in the afternoon "9-Hole Team Challenge.

The day concluded with a 19th Hole after party on the club's picturesque back patio, which overlooks the 18th green.

There were many great golf stories told as party guests sipped refreshing drinks and nibbled on tasty hors d'oeuvres. There was a silent auction with many tempting things to bid on. There were also fabulous prizes to be won, including a seven-night stay and airfare for two at the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, as well as a three-night stay, along with airfare for two, at the Hilton New York hotel.

Randy Escanuelas, an emancipated foster youth at Hathaway-Sycamores, spoke to guests about his deep fondness for, and appreciation of, the foster family he has lived with for the past seven years.

Some of the La Cañadans enjoying the after party included David Hilton, Mark and Jennifer Jewell, Mary Pinola and Charlie Kenny, Jennifer and John Suh, Renee LaBran and Malcolm Boyd, Paulette and Bob Lang, Julie and Dave Battaglia, and Kyla and Rob Myers.

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Music man Michael Feinstein made his debut June 1 as Pasadena Pops principal conductor.

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